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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 9:00 am, Fri Mar 1, 2013.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day never meant much to 97-year-old Edith Russel. Each time the holiday came around, the most she and her family would do was make decorations, she said.

This year, however, Russel said she had a change of heart after being crowned queen for the day during the Rosewood Retirement Community Valentine’s Day party.

“It was wonderful and very unexpected,” she said, wearing her gold-jeweled crown and a royal robe as she sat beside her crowned king, Robert Starks, 97.

Before enjoying the food and entertainment, Russel said she had not anticipated attending the event, and instead wanted to spend the day relaxing in her room. “I wasn’t coming up here because I was too sleepy, but they kept insisting that I come,” she said. “I thought it was a birthday party to eat dinner, and I was not one bit hungry.”

Several young students from Fort Hood handed out gifts to residents at Rosewood.

“We were handing out cards to the older people and gave back-scratchers,” said Avery Bomar, 9, adding that she enjoyed doing the good deed.

As for Russel, her appreciation and love for Valentine’s Day has grown.

“The holiday is very nice,” she said.

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